HiQ Crewe and Burton have been boxing clever to devastating fundraising effect, by helping to raise £34,000 for a brave policeman's charity.

A white collar boxing evening took place at the Moat House Hotel in Festival Park, Stoke, with all proceeds going to the Blue Lamp Foundation - the charity set-up by Stafford born policeman David Rathband.

HiQ franchisees Andy Bucknall and Ken Lawton sponsored the boxing kit of Sergeant Rich Cope, who was one of the fighters to star during the evening, which raised thousands for PC Rathband's charity.

PC Rathband was blinded by gunman Raoul Moat in 2010 and the funds will go to his cause, which provides immediate financial assistance to personnel of the Emergency Services that have been criminally injured in the line of duty.

Andy said: "It was a wonderful evening and one that we will remember for some time.

"We sponsored Rich Cope, who was one of 24 competitors to feature during the evening, and we were delighted to put our name alongside such a noble cause."

Andy and Ken continue to enjoy a terrific relationship with Sgt Cope and Staffordshire Police outside of the ring, servicing the force's Armed response vehicles.

Sgt Cope has praised the quality of HiQ's technicians, who recently stepped in to replace four worn tyres at late notice.

He said: "This, in normal circumstances, is not something I would find necessary to praise someone over.

"But on this occasion, all four tyres required replacement as they were on the 3mm range that my unit operates at for optimum performance in the wet.

"It was arranged for the Burton centre to have a bay ready for the armed response vehicle to drive into and have the tyres replaced at once.

"This was completed in 14 minutes, and it is fair to say that the good people of Staffordshire remained safe due to keeping the vehicle operational, which is paramount in my responsibilities."

Sgt Rich Cope, Franchisee Andy Bucknall and  PC David Rathband